Mysteries of the Kingdom




THE KING OF DARKNESS

   She had no idea what she was doing as her husband stood silently by her side. The arch villain tricked Eve into failure, but Adam openly and purposely rebelled against God. 1Timothy 2:14 says, "Adam was not deceived, but the woman, being deceived, has fallen into disobedience." Genesis 3:6 tells us, "...she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate."
   When the enemy questioned God's word, Adam kept quiet. When his wife misquoted God, Adam held his tongue. When the enemy questioned God's holiness, Adam spoke not a word. While Eve held damnation in her hands, ogling it and salivating, he stayed silent. As she raised death to her lips, Adam's arms hung limply and his voice was still. As she chewed her soul's demise and swallowed, perhaps Adam adored her convulsing throat. Perhaps he trembled in horror and instant regret. When she held it out and "gave some to her husband who was with her," Adam may have shuddered with shame, but scripture makes clear, "Adam was not deceived."

ROMAN CHESS BOARD
   When the Apostle Paul wrote about Adam's purposeful rebellion, he said, "Sin entered into the world through one man, and death through sin..." On the chess board of earth, God had placed Adam and Eve as King and Queen (Gen1:28). Then He sent into their paradise the fallen cherub we often call Satan, who upon victory over Adam, became the John 12:31 king of Earth.
     In the likeness of a chessboard, the Dark King Satan has a Dark Queen named "Sin." Romans 5:12 tells she once ruled all of us: "Sin entered into the world through one man, and death through sin; and so death passed to all men, because all sinned." Adam and Eve began the process of covering the chessboard of earth with pawns, but every pawn they spawned was a Dark pawn. The world greets each new pawn with adoration because they appear innocent. They look like little pawns of the Light, but the human record of sin continues. With one exception, the 100% rate of sin in humanity proves the Dark King Satan and his Dark Queen Sin's dominion over us all. Romans Five calls us pawns of Darkness by saying, "through the one man's rebellion many were made sinners."
 The Dark King and Queen's knights are named Death, and we all enter the world under Knight Death's power. Again Romans 5:12 states, "....death passed to all men, because all sinned." In Romans Six, Paul says Queen Sin has enslaved us all, and she does not pay well. The wages Queen Sin pays her slaves is the Knight Death.
     We hear in the daily news countless affirmations of the claims in Romans Five and Six. We clearly see the enemy running this world by Queen Sin and Knight Death. Everywhere we turn sin greets us. We grieve about more than the ultimate appointment every loved one has with Knight Death. We see in human bodies and human minds all around us the corruption of a daily and gradual dying which Queen Sin pays us.
   The Dark King also uses the justice of God against us. He has twisted the good justice of God for his purposes as the Dark Bishop Judgment who establishes the Dark Rook Condemnation. As every Dark Pawn proves his enslavement to Queen Sin, Bishop Judgment casts a guilty verdict on the pawn and declares the power of Rook Condemnation over the pawn. What hope remains for Dark pawns, born in the Dark King's domain, enslaved to Queen Sin, subjected the Knight Death, Bishop Judgment, and Rook Condemnation? All is surely lost in the chessboard of our world.

A NEW KING ON THE BOARD
     Hope breaks onto the board when Romans five calls Adam "a foreshadowing of Him who was to come." King Adam foreshadowed another who would invade the domain of Darkness. Romans Five clarifies, "For if by the trespass of the one the many died, much more did the giving of God, and the gift by the giving of the one man, King Jesus, abound to the many." A new King has arrived. At His birth, a messenger from heaven promised, "Joseph, you son of David, don't be afraid to take to yourself Mary, your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. ...it is He who shall save His people from their sins."
     Too often we hear the words "save", "savior", and "salvation" as words which refer to a judment day in the afterlife, but the Dark King rules today through Queen Sin, and the "saving" work of King Jesus is His liberating people today from Queen Sin's present-day bondage over them. King Adam forfeited his crown to the leadership of the Dark King. By the rebellion of King Adam, the new Dark King made us all slaves of Queen Sin (Rom5:15), but then a more powerful liberation came to many Dark pawns through King Jesus.

THE KING OF LIGHT
     In Acts 26:18, King Jesus told Paul that the pawns of this world, "may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive remission of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in me." The King of Darkness has met his match in the King of Light (Jn8:12) who invites every pawn to "turn from darkness to light." To turn from the Dark King and his Queen Sin is to betray your master and mistress. Satan truly is the ruler of this world (2Cor4:4; Mt4:9; Jn12:31; Jn14:30; Jn16:11; Ep2:2; Ep6:12; 1Jn5:19). When a dark pawn turns to the King of Light, he turns from his first king to the new One. We are all born citizens of a dark kingdom. When we believe the claim of the Apostles that Jesus is King, that new King rescues us from the domain of the Dark King Satan and from his Dark Queen Sin.
   As Romans 5:15 tells it, the King of Light brought His own new ruler (or queen if you will) into the world named God's gracious giving, or "grace" for short. Romans 5:21 says of Queen Grace, "as sin reigned in death, even so might grace reign..."
   Just as Queen Sin brought Death onto the chessboard, now Queen Grace brings onto earth's chessboard a free gift. What gift did King Jesus usher in by Queen Grace? As the opposite of darkness is light, so the opposite of the Dark Bishop Judgment is the Bishop of Light named Justification. Because of Sin, we are Judged as guilty. Because of Grace, we are justified as not-guilty. Bishop Judgment compelled us to Rook Condemnation. Bishop Justification commends us to Rook Righteousness. To be judged for the sake of sin is to be guilty (condemnation). Conversely, to be justified for the sake of grace is to not-guilty (righteous). No longer under the Dark Rook Condemnation as those judged, we are now under the Light Rook Righteousness as those justified.
     King Adam rebelled. King Jesus obeyed. Or as Romans Five puts it, "through the obedience of the One, many will be made righteous." Philippians 2:8 says of King Jesus, "Being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross." Since rebellion by King Adam could usher in a new kingdom, then justice demands that the opposite was also true. Obedience (the opposite of rebellion) by King Jesus ushered in a new kingdom too. As much as light is greater than darkness, so the Kingdom of Jesus is far greater than the domain of Satan.

CHESSBOARD VICTORY
   Romans Five then amazes us, "...so much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, King Jesus." The Dark King did not let us rule with him, but under King Jesus, those who have received the gift of righteousness actually reign just like Queen Grace. "So much more will those who receive the gift ... reign in life through the one, King Jesus." So then we who betray the Dark King not only enter the Kingdom of Light and become pawns of Light, but we become in a sense, the Light Queen, the bride of King Jesus who "reign in life through the one, King Jesus."(2Tim2:12)
   All around us, Dark pawns and Light pawns daily despair about the apparent victories of King Satan and Queen Sin. We must not continue to be deceived by the appearance of Dark victories. Romans Five tells us, "Where sin increased, grace increased more exceedingly that as sin reigned in death, even so might grace reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus the King our Lord." When Queen Sin makes any move, we must be absolutely certain Queen Grace has counterattacked with great cunning. Though the Dark King is wise and strong, he does not gain an inch from the King of Light. Jesus always wins. The world has conformed our minds so that we see defeat on every side. We must redefine victory, whose definition must wait for another article on another day.






                                                    
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"The King of Darkness" by Matthew Bryan was first published at www.matthewbryan.net on July 1st, 2013. All rights are reserved.